Children & Anxiety Disorder

Published 02/15 2014 11:54AM

Updated 02/17 2014 06:35AM

Social media is changing the way young people form relationships and stay connected. It’s also changing the face of anxiety disorders, especially among children.   MailOnline reports that up to 10% of schoolchildren are believed to be affected by some form of mental illness and/or anxiety, much of which is brought on by bullying, school-related stress and social media pressures.

Experts say the pressures are greater because kids are rarely offline—they are constantly confronted with posts from friends and the media that can greatly influence both self-image and self-worth. The children’s health charity YoungMinds points to a rise in “under-11s” needing mental health services, due in part, to an upward trend in self-harming.

While everyone is focusing on Millennials, their younger counterpart, Generation Connected, is already making waves online. They don’t utilize Facebook because their parents are on it, and they don’t engage in Twitter. They’re working in a digital space of photography, quick posts, and video sharing; the space is one that is user friendly for their age and not linked to who they are in the real world. This lack of digital traceability outside of their peer group is creating a social bubble in which kids engage with or without their family’s knowledge.

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